Coming to the end of your life is never easy and caring for yourself, and your loved ones might seem like an impossible task. Hospice care can help ease your worry, care for your physical problems, and address the emotional needs of you and your family. Often, seniors think that they have to leave their homes or residences to get hospice care, but Mesa has plenty of providers that can come to you no matter where you are. If your doctor wants you to use hospice care or you’ve thought about it yourself, here are some things you should know.
Hospice is rarely if ever, provided by just one person. It is a team effort and whether you still live at home or live in an assisted living facility, a variety of individuals will help provide your care.
The person in charge of all your care will be your doctor. They will work in conjunction with the hospice director to coordinate the whole team and oversee your condition to make sure you get the care you need when you need.
There will be a few nurses or in-home health aides that will work with you daily to make sure you’re comfortable and have all your medical needs met. They can help you with different types of therapy, take care of your medication, and check your vital signs.
Towards the very end, homemakers can help families spend more time together by taking over all daily chores like cleaning, laundry, and meal prep.
A social worker or counselor will work with you and your family to help explain what exactly will happen and to provide emotional support. You can also have a pastor or priest help with this.
Trained hospice volunteers will take care of things like errands, listen when you need to talk or even provide respite care if your family requires a short break.
You should also try and have some of your friends or neighbors join your hospice team to help you out with things like quick trips to the grocery store or coordinating a meal delivery service through the community.
Your doctor might have a suggestion of a hospice provider they would like to work with, but if they don’t, you can choose one on your own. The Arizona Hospice & Palliative Care Organization has a list of all the hospice providers in the state online so you can find places near you. Veterans can get both in-home and in-facility hospice care through the VA health system.
SeniorAdvisor.com is another good place to start your search because you can find both in-home care providers that have hospice services and assisted living or nursing facilities that provide it through their continuum of care. Home Instead Senior Care has in-home hospice programs, and if you reside at Springdale Village or Brookdale Springs, you can use their hospice services.
Most insurances will have hospice care covered by their policies, and Medicare Part A takes care of both in-home and inpatient facilities hospice care. Veterans can use their VA benefits to cover the cost of hospice. Even if you don’t think you can afford hospice care, you should ask if the provider can work with you. Many places will offer a sliding-scale payment plan that allows you to pay what you can afford, so you don’t have to worry about not getting the proper care.
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